The offseason lockout prevented all organized team activities that would normally allow players to grow in an offense. Redskins quarterback John Beck turned to friend and Saints quarterback Drew Brees for advice on how to be a starter.
After he failed to unseat incumbent quarterback Rex Grossman, he’ll be using Brees’s guidance to help him be a backup as well.
“Drew always wore this shirt when we were working out that said ‘D.W.I.–Deal With It.’ It was in reference to the offseason and there being a lockout because every team was going to have to face it.”
The good kind of D.W.I.
When head coach Mike Shanahan named Rex Grossman the starting quarterback on Monday, it didn’t sit well with Beck. He admitted that he had envisioned himself as the starter, prepared himself as the starter, and was peeved that he wouldn’t be the starter.
But at the same time, he knows that he still has a role on the team and a duty to prepare.
“I knew that was going to be a part of it, and I tried to do everything that I could on my own,” he said. ”Did I? I did everything I could. Now it’s just about what can I do now to prepare myself because I have to be ready, and I’m going to be ready for if something happens. I also need to be ready at practice so I can help our defense.”
Beck has displayed a fiery competitiveness since the end of last season, and made it clear that he will not be discouraged by his backup status.
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